offensive

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Pronunciation[change]

Adjective[change]

Positive
offensive

Comparative
more offensive

Superlative
most offensive

  1. Something offensive is mean, insulting, and unpleasant.
    He said something so offensive to her that she cried.
    Most feminists find pornography offensive.
    She noticed an offensive smell from the blocked drain.
  2. (team sports) If something is offensive, it has to do with a play where the team is trying to score.
    The offensive coordinator is responsible for ordering all rushing plays.


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Noun[change]

Singular
offensive

Plural
offensives

  1. (countable) An attack.
    The Marines today launched a major offensive.
  2. (uncountable) In a position of attacking or being able to attack.
    He took the offensive in the press, accusing his opponent of corruption.


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